Friday, September 7, 2012

Looking back... Part One

A few years ago we embarked on a long held dream, we decided to move from one part of the country to another totally different part.  And along the way we were fortunate enough to be able to take our time and explore a little of this country.  Actually we went back and forth a few times.   I mean you need to get it right and practice makes perfect.  And we also perfected 'drive by sightseeing'.  Which means I took a lot of pictures out of the side window of the car, cause I was following and had to kinda keep up with the motorhome. 

Anyway, we tried taking different routes along the way, and managed to drive through/visit every single one of the contiguous lower states.   Of course this has taken a few years cause we did the western states first, before we got to the middle and the East.  However, we're here now, East and South.  

And I, without realizing it, actually began my blogging adventures back then.   At the time we had a private forum, that I would invite family and friends into, so they could follow along with us, if they choose to do so.   Mostly for my FIL and my sibs, so they could share some of our adventures.  And I have no idea if they even read it or saw some of the pictures, but I'm so glad I did it.   I'm also the person who keeps scraps of paper and old letters and cards, (we won't go into that here, that's a post for another day).   I kept a log of where we were and I even took pictures.  Surprising, huh?  At the time I was using an older model digital camera and kept filling up the SD card with pictures, so much so, that on one trip away back when, I had to go and buy a card reader so I could download my pictures.  

So I thought I would share a few of the pictures of places we were lucky enough to see along the way.

 Shorter Alabama
We stayed here one night, it was late, dark and we were tired.  And had a lot of fun, not, finding the campground.   It was tucked down behind a gas station, and quite frankly we overshot the mark, went on by, and had to turn around and come back.  We were not happy at this point.  But got back to the gas station, registered, then took the narrow, very dark unpaved road down to the campground proper.    We set up, grabbed a bite to eat, took the dog for a quick walk and fell into bed.   The next morning, I took the dog for another walk, and this is what I saw.

Gorgeous, totally gorgeous.  And while the campground was pretty basic, it had electricity, water and the view.  
We continued on with our journey, and I wish I'd taken more pictures that particular trip, but quite frankly, I was still playing with my 35 mm film camera and hadn't converted myself to digital yet. 

However, here's where we ended up.   Country Oaks Campground, and the Pond.   Actually I've taken a lot of pictures of the Pond over the past few years, but this is the earliest one. 
Still one of the prettiest places around.   And a great place to stay.   And now that I've made a shameless plug for them, I'm going to go and search out a few more pictures and stories of our travels.    I'll try and update this again soon.

In the meantime, hope you enjoy traveling along with me, and seeing a few places along with me.   I just hope my feet don't get too itchy, cause that traveling bug is hard to get rid of once you have it.    But if it hits me too hard, you know I'm going to document the traveling and share it here.